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Last four not enough for Murray

Salisbury Journal: Andy Murray is aiming for more than just a place in the semi-finals (AP) Andy Murray is aiming for more than just a place in the semi-finals (AP)

Andy Murray is delighted to be in the semi-finals of the French Open - but not yet satisfied.

The Wimbledon champion will face Rafael Nadal on Friday in a rematch of their 2011 semi-final, which the Spaniard won in three tight sets.

Murray arrived in Paris with expectations dampened by patchy form since his back surgery last September and his indifferent record on clay.

While he has made at least two finals at each of the other three grand slams, his run three years ago was his best effort at Roland Garros.

To go any further he will need to do what only Robin Soderling has managed in a decade and beat Nadal at the French Open.

He said: "I t's definitely a big achievement, but that's not what I came here to do. My goals are different and my expectations are different to a lot of people.

"I expect a lot of myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well at these events, and thankfully I have done okay so far. There's s till hopefully a long way to go in the tournament."

That Murray left Roland Garros on Wednesday night with his place in the last four booked was remarkable in itself.

Mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils had fought back from two sets down to level the match when the pair began the fifth set at almost 9.20pm.

Monfils had the momentum and Murray's task seemed to be ensuring he was not behind in the decider when they resumed on Thursday.

But, after Murray had held a crucial first game of the set, Monfils collapsed, winning just seven points in the six games to go down 6-4 6-1 4-6 1-6 6-0.

Murray said: "He played a bad fifth set. That's why he lost the match. He made a lot of unforced errors, which he wasn't making in the previous sets. I didn't have to run at all in the fifth set once I got ahead.

"The way that he played the last three or four games, for me it was unexpected, because his level in the third and fourth sets was extremely high. He made very few mistakes.

"But that's the thing about five?set matches, you need to do it for longer than two sets."

Nadal dropped his first set of the tournament but recovered to see off David Ferrer in style in a rematch of last year's final.

The eight-time champion won 13 of the last 14 games in a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 victory.

He insisted he always saw Murray as a danger here, saying: "I'm not surprised Andy is in the semi-finals. He's a candidate to win Roland Garros. Before the tournament he was a candidate to win Roland Garros for me."

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